This is 2020 and our society is more utilitarian than ever. But it’s increasingly a culture without heritage, locked into an ouroboros sham stability that’s twisted to funnel wealth upward as nation-sized corporations destroy the planet’s future. And yet our society is called democratic; so long as the turkeys keep voting for Christmas…
Europe and the United States are the two largest economic blocs. I thought this map was interesting. It visualizes how the European countries would map onto the 50 United States, by equivalent GDP.
Human beings aren’t computers. We calculate slowly. Our memories are fallible. Our brains struggle to work with anything over a few variables at the same time without having to use external aids (pieces of paper, calculator, spreadsheet etc). Does this mean we’re living on borrowed time, like the mainstream mass media would have us believe?
I’ve often heard Howl and The Wasteland paired before, in the smokeless midnight air of alt-coffee urban popups, listening for free as a mumbling hipster reads them aloud, back-to-back, in the same reverent cadence and double bass rhythm and nobody listening to the words…
I don’t like it when English is used badly (or lazily) in ways that – for whatever reason – get accepted into normal everyday usage. It’s good when language grows but too often it’s a case of importing one word, at the price of losing others.
For us human beings, born primate, bred storyteller, we are terribly mismatched with our technological future. Here’s a 60 second definition of the fundamental science versus story contradiction.
Four weeks away from the defining UK general election (December 12th), the positions of the main political parties are crystallising. Here are some impressions of the party leaders at the end of a first public questioning week.